2-Year-Old's Death 'Suspicious' Say Deputies

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Date: 2009-02-13
Source: WSBTV

Friday, February 13, 2009 – updated: 9:14 am EST February 14, 2009

CUMMING, Ga. -- Deputies are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy in the 3500 block of Catalina Drive in Cumming, said the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said they received a 911 call at 7:02 a.m. Friday. When deputies arrived, they found the child dead in bed.

Capt. Paul Taylor said the child’s death was ruled suspicious and that a full investigation is being conducted. The boy’s body was taken to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

During the investigation, the boyfriend of the victim’s mother was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and violation of the Georgia Sex Offender Registry.

Authorities said the man, Christopher Brian Gilreath, 39, failed to register as a sex offender as required by state law after moving to Georgia from out of state in December. Taylor said that Gilreath is a registered sex offender in Pennsylvania and may have run away from that state.

Taylor said that the child was adopted, along with a female sibling, and that both children lived with the victim's adoptive mother and Gilreath, her boyfriend.

Deputies won't comment on whether Gilreath is a suspect.

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These kids are trafficked... and the authorities know it.

How are they going to leave Maria with her abusers? They are trafficking those kids. That guy that killed the boy probably paid for his time with the boy and the mother facilitated this. These kids were expendable to them. Why didn't the mother get in trouble? This is so vague. Did the biological parents get notified in Guatemala? I'm assuming the parents were coerced into giving there kids up for adoption with the promise that they would get a chance at leading a better life in America, where there they would get an education and make a good living... they dreamed that their children would get to live the American dream. Has anyone contacted them to shatter their hopes for a better life for their kids that they thought they couldn't provide? Have they been told what injustices were done so they can speak out against the atrocious acts perpetrated under the guise of child protection? This is an outage !

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